Lando Norris rubbishes Ferrari complaints and anoints favourites for Canadian GP

Ferrari are aiming for back-to-back F1 wins for the first time in five years at the 2024 Canadian GP, but can McLaren's Lando Norris be the man to stop them?

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Lando Norris believes Ferrari will be the team to beat at the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix as he batted aside any question that they may struggle in a straight line at the power-heavy Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Ferrari are chasing consecutive grand prix wins for the first time since 2019 after Charles Leclerc finally took victory in Monaco, as the SF-24 proved the strongest car at navigating the kerbs of Monte Carlo while Red Bull floundered.

McLaren‘s Oscar Piastri had the best sector times in Q3 but couldn’t tie them all together into one lap and had to settle for second place in qualifying and the race, unable to match Norris‘ maiden victory in Miami three weeks prior.

“I think they’re favourites,” Norris told select members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com. “Kerb riding is a big part around here, but it’s going to be close.

“It’s impossible for me to say if it’s going to be us or Ferrari or Red Bull on top so I think that’s why it’s exciting, none of us really know and it’s just going be very close – it has been the last three or four weeks.”

“But Ferrari, I’d probably put as the favourites because of decent straight-line speed, I know they complain a bit but just try putting a little bit less rear wing on sometimes and that’s about it.”

Norris: Ferrari have the all-round package for Canada

Race winner Lando Norris of McLaren, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari celebrate on the podium after the 2024 Miami Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Race winner Lando Norris of McLaren, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari celebrate on the podium after the 2024 Miami Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Though it consistently serves up exciting action, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve does so from the simplest of recipes – four chicanes and two hairpins constitute the majority of the 12 true turns.

However, Norris believes it’s still a step change from Monaco with more medium-speed corners and infinitely more overtaking opportunities after there were no passes in the points positions a fortnight ago.

There’s the genuine likelihood of a three-way battle between McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull after Max Verstappen was frustrated in sixth in Monaco, but Norris still edged towards his red rivals in his prediction.

“When you look at where they were last weekend, even where we were, you know, Oscar theoretically should have been on pole – he had the best sectors altogether,” Norris added.

“So when you look at it like that then you say maybe we should have been [top] and that kind of thing. But as an all-round car, I think they probably have one that suits this track best, we’ll find out tomorrow.”

Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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